It’s been a tough year for many – job losses, pay cuts and uncertainty. But with all those runs on toilet paper and flour, the supermarket giants have flourished. But does this mean the large retailers should be shelling out the cash for Christmas bonuses? Woolworths staff think so and were not happy with the “el-cheapo” gift they received from the big bosses as gratitude for their hard work.
Woolworths staff received a thank you note, addressed to their payroll number, from the management team saying:
“2020 has been an incredibly challenging year – arguably like no-other in recent experience. And as we head towards the end of the year, we’re like to express our gratitude for all your hard work, resilience and commitment.
“Together we have risen to the many continuously evolving challenges and created better experiences for our customers, our communities and each other.”
Here’s A Gift Card To Spend In Our Stores
The memo from The Woolworths Group Leadership Team continues:
“As a gesture of our appreciation for the role you have played in living out purpose, we would like to give you a $25 WISH e-gift card.”
Woolworths staff flooded social media to express their dissatisfaction with the gift.
“Essentially we were just giving them the money back (as the gift card will be spent in Woolworths). Like I appreciated it but definitely not enough for working through this sh*t show!”
“I swear it gets less and less every year. You’d think it’d be MORE considering what we were all put through this year with COVID,” said another.
“$25 does not cut it and it’s a spit in the face, from a company that makes 2.7 billion a year in Australia alone, 2.7 billion PROFIT that’s after they pay all their bills pure profit ! I would have preferred they did nothing!!,” ranted another.
We’re Just A Number!
Others were really irked about the error in judgement of using their payroll number instead of their names:
“I most enjoyed how we were addressed by our payroll number instead of by name.”
“I especially love the dear (employee number) they can’t even use our name.”
Better Than Nothing!
However, there were a number of Woolworths staff who weren’t looking a gift horse (or supermarket) in the mouth.
“People lost their jobs thru covid!! Yes it was tough but bloody hell I’m not saying no to the gift card!!” declared one.
“I’m happy for my $25. They don’t have to give us anything but they are. I’m happy I was able to work this whole time and continued to be able to provide for my family. This $25 will go towards something decent I’m saving for,” said another.
No Xmas Party This Year
One Woolworths staff member explained the reasoning behind the gift:
“To all those whining about the $25 this would be in lieu of Xmas parties in-house that we can’t have. Usually a store is given $1500-2000 depending on store size to cater for Xmas lunch and night shift . We have been given shares and a gift card as thanks for our work during covid. If you don’t want this e-card donate it back to one of our charities,” she said.
“I’d rather have the $25 than a stupid xmas lunch that I never eat,” said another.
And from another perspective:
“I think people forget that Woolworths has 250,000 employees. This is 6.25 million dollars in gift cards if every employee uses one.”
Do you think Woolworths staff have a right to be disgruntled? What did you get from your employer for Christmas? Tell us in the comments below.